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See Featured Authors Answering Questions. To ask other readers questions about El Horla [Cuento] , please sign up. Answered Questions 1. I read this book, and can't exactly figure out what a horla is!
Vasil With respect to the answers depicting the entity as just the projected "outer self" of the protagonist, I consider this view rather one-sided. Lets no …more With respect to the answers depicting the entity as just the projected "outer self" of the protagonist, I consider this view rather one-sided.
Lets not forget that the protagonist does reflect on the nature of evolution, considering the entity to possibly be the next step in evolution. There's also a paragraph where he is wondering what kind of life forms might exist among the stars, which implies him regarding the entity as possibly of alien origin.
Lastly, and maybe most importantly, there's the news clip about the "epidemic" of "Horla-outbreak" in a rural area of Brazil. Were all those hardy villagers simply projecting their outer self? I don't think so. In conclusion, with respect to the previous views and with regard to the mental condition of the writer at the time, I still think that "in-story" the Horla "the Outsider" is presented as a real, albeit utterly strange, entity.
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